Gavels n Paddles: Beatles' first contract, $93,750, Heritage

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by Ken Hall
The first recording contract for The Beatles (signed in 1961 by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and drummer Pete Best), sold for $93,750 at an Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Auction held Sept. 19-20 by Heritage Auctions (based in Dallas, Tex.) in New York City. Also, a 1966 sealed first-state stereo copy of The Beatles’ “Butcher Cover” of their Yesterday and Today LP, in Gem Mint 10 condition, fetched $75,000; and a sign from John and Yoko’s 1969 Montreal Bed-In For Peace hit $75,000. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.
Gavels n Paddles: Beatles’ first contract, $93,750, Heritage